***Current special includes 6 certified dives***
Stop looking for the cheapest liveaboard Great Barrier Reef dive trip in Cairns because you have found it!
We are small on price, big on fun, very personalised, very experienced, and we visit 4 spectacular dive sites over 2 days and 1 night and as a BONUS we also include 6 Certified Dives, and we have been taking divers and snorkellers to explore the Great Barrier Reef since 2005..
The cheapest Great Barrier reef tour price is not always the best unless you look at the value of the offer.
Our liveaboard dive boat is 66 foot mono hull and we cater for a tight bunch of only 16 scuba divers and snorkellers taking them to 4 different coral reef locations for the time of their lives on the Great Barrier Reef, so we really do tick a lot of the boxes as awsomeness goes.
As a locally owned family run business you can be sure you will be well looked after by our rad crew who take great pride in giving you the best diving and snorkelling experience possible and having fun on the high seas.
Because we are the cheapest liveaboard Great Barrier Reef dive tour in Cairns we are very popular and frequently booked out way in advance, so make sure you book your berth early on our dive boat, do not leave it to the last minute!
With a maximum of only 16 passengers we also have one of the best crew per passenger ratios: 4 to 5 crew members looking after you on your Cairns Great Barrier Reef liveaboard dive trip.
Our motor sailing schooner is a big bodied sailing boat with an outstanding 100% safety record since we started dive trips in 2005 so you can be at ease and trust yourself into our care- you are in good hands.
All meals are prepared fresh over the 2 days and 1 night and with plenty of notice we cater for vegetarians and divers with special diets (minimum 24 hours)
The boat trips depart every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Check-in commences at E-finger in the Marlin Marina Cairns 7.30am and vessel is returning 3.30pm on the following day.
The intimacy of this highly popular reef tour provides a great opportunity to meet other scuba divers and snorkelling guest’s from all around the world and at the same time have fun with the crew exploring new reef systems over 2 days.
Cairns Liveaboard Snorkel & Dive Accommodation and Facilities
This Cairns based liveaboard dive boat was built in 1984 to accommodate up to 16 snorkellers and scuba divers in twin bunk and 4 share bunk bed cabins.
She is a 20m motor sailing schooner with a nearly indestructible fiberglass hull.
She is a comfortable sailboat, well suited for the adventurous budget minded traveller looking for a cheap liveaboard dive trip rather than a luxury seeker.
Characteristic to sailboats, the liveaboard cabins are not overly spacious or very private, their main purpose is to provide a place for a rest and sleep so that all guests spend top side in the tropical sun and out snorkelling and scuba diving on the reef.
Oh and of course fresh linen is provided to all cabins so no need for bringing your favourite pillow you can use ours.
The common socialising areas of the boat include an open saloon area, galley and both covered and open outdoor decks. 12V dc and 240V ac power supply available for charging cameras, you’d be surprised how many pictures you will take whilst both on deck and underwater on the Great Barrier Reef!
And as an added luxury there are separate male and female toilets and shower cabinets for your privacy with hot water on board.
NB: Just in case you are interested...
Our Great Barrier Reef liveaboard scuba dive and snorkel boat not only specialises in great value 2 day 1 night live-aboard dive trips but we are also specialists in catering for amazing 3 Day 3 Night Coral Sea Shark Diving Expeditions and even lengthier 5 day Private Charter Shark Diving Expeditions and scuba diving courses to the outer northern edges of Australia’s Coral Sea where you encounter the huge pelagic species of fish.
Cairns Liveaboard Snorkelling Tours
Even if you only enjoy snorkelling you will get to spend over 24 hours exploring some of the most amazing reef sites on the outer edges of the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef in Queensland Australia with the rest of your buddies who may be scuba divers, don't worry we love you too!
We will be taking you to safe places on the Outer Great Barrier Reef coral regions known as Thetford or Moore Reefs to spend time snorkelling up to 4 breath taking sites.
These coral reefs are the best due to their great coral coverage which supports a huge variety of marine life.
There are many sites suited perfectly for snorkelling where there are shallower spots and depth to the top of the reefs ranging from less than a meter to 3m dependant on the weather and tides which enables you to snorkel and have just as good a time as a scuba diver down many meters below does.
On these beautiful reef systems you are more than likely to encounter friendly sea turtles, clownfish, barracudas, black tip and white tip reef sharks, mantarays, stingrays and various clams.
All of which are friendly of course as long as you respect them.
Moore and Thetford Reefs both have amazing varieties of both soft and hard corals to discover and in turn each of these supports a different variety of marine life making your snorkel trip very interesting indeed.
Scuba Diving Great Barrier Reef Queensland Australia
For our Scuba divers we have plenty of spectacular sites to dive where you can experience up to 6 certified dives including one ultra exciting night dive.
Visibility ranges from 3m to over 20m dependent on the time of year, weather and tides, with maximum depths from 10m to 18m.
Our Cairns 2 day 1 night liveaboard dive trip is excellent for those who have just received their open water dive certificate as well as for those with a little more experience in being out in the open sea.
Thorough dive briefing is given during the journey out and everyone is ready to jump in the water to begin snorkelling and diving by the time they get to the first site on the first day on the outer reef.
Divers are all buddied in pairs and can follow the dive leader to allow more time to relax and focus on the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef before them.
For those scuba divers with more experience you may not be required to follow the dive leader and you can dive with your buddy from the start.
This is great news for certified divers and all dive levels as all experience levels are considered and fully catered keeping safety and security still a very high priority.
Scubapro and Oceanic dive equipment provided, 3mm full length wet suits with 5mm top suits available.
Although it would be slow and unpractical to sail all the way out on the first day to the Great Barrier Reef (considering only 2 day 1 night time frame), we will set the sails and let you enjoy some cruisy and relaxing sailing during your trip so you can lay about on the boats deck and take in the sunshine and scenery.
Sailing of course is also always subject to weather conditions.
Introductory Scuba Diving
Even if you area snorkeller you should at least use this opportunity to try introductory scuba diving (extra cost) which allows you to discover the depths of Great Barrier Reef within your own comfort zone.
Our dive instructors will brief you on all things diving and we will need you to fill out a Medical Questionaire before being allowed to suit up and dive into the water.
Our dive masters job is to make sure that you are confident with every little step you take below the surface and once you feel more in your element you can let go of the safety rope and follow your reef guide down to lower levels under the water to discover things you have never seen before.
Listening to yourself breathing underwater can be a little unerving at first so just focus on the in water activity and then you will be in love with scuba diving forever.
PADI Open Water Dive Course
For those who already know that they will prefer scuba diving to snorkelling then there is a great option to finish off your PADI Open Water dive course whilst on board our dive boat.
Beginning with only one day of class room training in town before starting a 2 day 1 night dive training trip to the Great Barrier Reef we will have you complete your 4 training dives and become a certified scuba diver after your trip so you can begin to book more dive holidays around the world.
At the end of this dive course you will have a set of new skills to be able to dive safely and comfortably and book dive trips all of this great world of ours.
Not to mention the bragging rights... you have officially dived the Great Barrier Reef, the absolute number one best dive location in the world!
Our dive boat is also available for Private Charter Expeditions for groups of up to 16 divers and snorkelers to the remote Coral Sea and Ribbon Reefs in the northern reaches of the reef system.
4 Day 3 Nights expeditions to Holmes Reef, lying around 166 kilometres outside the Great Barrier Reef and the 3 Day 2 Nights Ribbon Reefs exploration, 185 kilometres north of Cairns.
Due to their isolation from land run off and pollution the reefs have incredible visibility and abundant large pelagic fish.
This is where we do our legendary Private Charter Shark Diving Expeditions
Scuba diving expeditions to the northern reaches of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are the legendary places you read about and hear about, and the places only a few thousand scuba divers and snorkelers have the chance to see each year.
Sir David Attenborough says the Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most bio diverse and magnificent places he has ever visited and that we all need to contribute to preserve it for humanity and for the survival of all of children’s future.
Diving in these outer reef system areas is excellent all year round. Visibility reaches 30 metres plus and is rarely any less than 20 metres.
Very few of these reefs have ever been fully dived, surrounded by depths of 40 metres, offering one of the best wall and drift diving opportunities you will ever experience.
Also available for Coral Sea charters and extended liveaboard trips north to the famous Cod Hole.
Perfect private charter boat for Scuba Clubs or "get your mates together" as each itinerary is customised to suit your group.
Boarding 7:00am at Cairns Marlin Marina, E Finger, berth #3
Depart Cairns 7:30am
Snorkel - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Dive – 11:00am
Snorkel - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Dive 2 – 2:00pm
Snorkel - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Dive 3 – 4:30pm
Dive 4 - Night Dive (30 minutes) Certified divers only
Snorkel - 7:00am to 8:30am
Dive 5 – 7:30am
Snorkel - 9:30am to 11:00am
Dive 6 – 10:00am
Depart the Great Barrier Reef after lunch to arrive back in Cairns at 3:30pm (approx)
For more Great Barrier Reef liveaboard dive boat tours see here
Boarding is at 7:00am onboard the boat located at the Cairns Marlin Marina, E Finger
Outer Great Barrier Reef: Thetford or Moore Reefs
January - December
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
2 days 1 night
Boarding 7:00am - Departure 7:30am - Return the next day to Cairns at 3:30pm
Scuba Diving – minimum age 12
Scuba Diving Restrictions
Sun protection, swimwear, beach towel, camera, small overnight bag including warm clothing, toweletries and towel, BYO alcohol (no glass), dive certification card and travel voucher.
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.